30 Rocks lead funnyman Alec Baldwin married his love Hilaria Thomas this Saturday after a brief three month engagement. The 28-year-old yoga instructor wed Baldwin, who is 26 years her senior, in New York City. But age is just a number for these two, and Thomas will happily take Baldwin’s name. A source tells People, “[They] were married at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in New York City with family and friends sharing in the joy of the occasion,” one of those friends being Baldwin’s costar Tina Fey. The newlyweds had been dating for nearly a year before the big ‘I do’s’ and Baldwin has said that Thomas is “very important” to him.
How do you decide whether to take your husband’s name after marriage?
You’ve lived with your last name your entire life, so it might be time to move forward and change it for you and your partners’ sake. Here are some ways to know that taking your husband’s name after marriage is the right decision:
It’s your own decision: The pressure from your husband, the new in-laws and everyone around you can be too much to bear. If you want to take your husband’s name, it should be because you believe it’s a symbol of your commitment, not because you feel obligated due to pressure from everyone else.
It won’t offend your birth family: Some family names hold heavier history and meaning than others, so taking your new husband’s name can cause controversy. If this is not the case, there is no reason you shouldn’t take your husband’s last name. You can even hyphenate if you feel uncomfortable abandoning your maiden name.
There is no reason not to: If you do not want to take your husband’s last name because your signature doesn’t look as good as your maiden name did, think again. Not taking your husband’s name for petty reasons can cause him to question your love and commitment.
How did you decide you were going to take your husband’s name? Tell us below.